Past Events


Ladle Refractory and Secondary Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar

 
 
Technology Committee officers and seminar presenters at Ladle Refractory and Secondary Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar (left to right): Kamalesh Mandal, LSRTC vice chair and panelist; Ruth Engel, presenter; Rob Doty, Refractory Systems Technology Committee chair and presenter; Helmut Oltmann, LSRTC AIST Process Benchmarker chair and presenter; James Barrett, LSRTC education chair and presenter; Eugene Pretorius, panelist; Kevin Cotchen, panelist and presenter; Greg Brasel, LSRTC chair; and Carl Corbin, presenter. 

The Ladle Refractory and Secondary Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar was held in Jacksonville, Fla., on 1–3 October 2012. Gerdau Jacksonville was the host plant. Bill Rider, superintendent of steelmaking, served as the keynote speaker and provided an overview of the plant facilities. This year’s seminar included a secondary steelmaking process presentation by Helmut Oltmann, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, along with a ladle treatment processes presentation by Kevin Cotchen, SMS Siemag LLC. There were 102 attendees at this expanding training seminar. James Barrett, AIST Ladle & Secondary Refining Technology Committee (LSRTC) education chair, will organize a program outline for the next training seminar that addresses refractory concerns along with process issues. The 2013 Ladle Refractory and Secondary Steelmaking — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 30 September–2 October in Charleston, S.C., and Nucor Steel–Berkeley will serve as the host plant.

James Barrett (front right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Bill Rider (front left). As part of the seminar in October, 56 attendees toured the Gerdau Jacksonville plant.